Wheel-shaped ErIIIZnII3 single-molecule magnet: A macrocyclic approach to designing magnetic anisotropy

Aika Yamashita, Akiko Watanabe, Shigehisa Akine, Tatsuya Nabeshima, Motohiro Nakano, Tomoo Yamamura, Takashi Kajiwara

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Designer SMM: An ErIII-based single-molecule magnet (SMM) was synthesized by designing the ligand-field anisotropy around an ErIII ion in an equatorial arrangement of donors using a rigid and planar macrocyclic Schiff base ligand including three ZnII ions. The resulting Er IIIZnII3 complex (see picture; C gray, O red, N blue) behaves as a SMM with an energy barrier of 24.6(9) K for flipping of the molecular magnetic moment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4016-4019
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr 18


  • lanthanides
  • ligand effects
  • macrocyclic ligands
  • magnetic properties
  • zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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